The municipal court of Budapest in a first ruling on Wednesday acquitted Sandor Laborc, former director of the National Security Office, of charges of abuse of authority and embezzlement.
The court, however, sentenced Laborc and two others for illegal handling of private information. According to the sentence, Laborc is to pay a fine of 1.5 million forints, while the two others will pay 600,000 and 200,000 forints, respectively, when the ruling takes effect.
A fourth defendant in the case has also been acquitted of abuse of authority and embezzlement.
Peter Zamecsnik, Laborc’s attorney, told MTI that the court had acquitted Laborc in lack of criminal activities.
Laborc has appealed against the fine, while the prosecutor appealed against his acquittal.
Laborc was arrested a year ago under suspicion of complicity in a case of alleged espionage involving several other former leaders of the secret services.